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Student Organizations. Challenge Series Records

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The Challenge symposium was a biennial student-run speaker series with the intent of bringing more global issues into Wake Forest dicourse, starting in 1965 and likely concluding in 1979. This collection contains 1965 and 1967 event records. Material types include event planning materials, speaker biographies and correspondence, research materials, newspaper clippings, event programs, and purpose statements.

Biographical and Historical Note

The Challenge speaker series was pitched in 1964 as student-administered symposium to include more critical, real-world dialogue at WFU. The Challenge ran from 1965 through the 1970s; the event likely concluded with the 1979 series.

The 1965 event topic was on the emergence of prominent Black Americans, with speakers Harry Ashmore, Daisy Balsley, Wiley Branton, William D. Campbell, Hodding Carter III, Thomas Dodd, James Farmer, Thomas Pettigrew, and Hobart Taylor Jr., among others.

The 1967 topic was the question of promoting student interests given global problems, with speakers James M. Buchanan, Dick Gregory, Herb Kaplow, Frank S. Meyer, L. Richardson Preyer, William Proxmire, Harry Reasoner, Edward K. Smith, Warren Smith, Craig Spence, and Norman Thomas. George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party, also spoke.

Collection Overview

This collection contains records of the 1965 and 1967 Challenge speaker series. Contents include event planning materials, speaker biographies and correspondence, research materials, newspaper clippings, event programs, and purpose statements.

Collection Inventory

  • Challenge '65
    • Accounts paid and receipts box 1 folder 1
    • Advisory Council records  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 2
    • Appreciation note card  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 3
    • Budget  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 4
    • Contributor appreciation letter  (1965 January 12) box 1 folder 5
    • Contributors outreach materials (undated) box 1 folder 6
    • Correspondence  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 7
    • Division of Entertainment materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 8
    • Division of Funds materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 10-12
    • Division of Programming materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 18
    • Division of Publicity and Public Relations materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 22
    • Division of Registration materials  (1965 February-March) box 1 folder 25
    • Event proposal and related materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 13
    • Event publicity newspaper clippings  (1965 March) box 1 folder 23
    • Foundations support outreach and correspondence  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 9
    • Invitation cards with envelopes  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 14
    • Lodgings Committee materials box 1 folder 15
    • Magazine and related publications materials  (1965) box 1 folder 16
    • Magazine advertising materials  (1965-1967) box 1 folder 17
    • Programs and event schedule  (1965) box 1 folder 20
    • Progress reports  (1965) box 1 folder 21
    • Press releases  (1965) box 1 folder 24
    • Research materials box 1 folder 26
    • Speakers' agencies correspondence and related materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 58
    • Speakers materials  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 27-29
    • Sperry and Hutchinson County Lectureship Program materials  (1964-1967) box 1 folder 59
    • Speakers materials: accepted
      • Ashmore, Harry S.  (1965) box 1 folder 30
      • Balsley, Daisy F.  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 31
      • Branton, Wiley A.  (1962-1965) box 1 folder 32
      • Campbell, Will D.  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 33
      • Carter, Hodding, III  (1965) box 1 folder 34
      • Carter, Robert Lee  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 35
      • Cumming, Joseph B., Jr.  (1965) box 1 folder 36
      • Dodd, Thomas Joseph  (1965) box 1 folder 37
      • Farmer, James  (1965) box 1 folder 38
      • Fleishman, Joel L.  (1965) box 1 folder 39
      • Hayes, Harold T. P.  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 40
      • Hentoff, Nat  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 41
      • Jackson, Joseph H.  (1965) box 1 folder 42
      • Kirk, Russell  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 43
      • Lomax, Louis E.  (1965) box 1 folder 44
      • Lyford, Joseph P.  (1965) box 1 folder 45
      • McKnight, C. A.  (1965) box 1 folder 46
      • Osborn, George Coleman  (1965) box 1 folder 47
      • Pettigrew, Thomas F.  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 48
      • Pfaus, George S.  (1965) box 1 folder 49
      • Preyer, L. Richardson  (1965) box 1 folder 50
      • Rusher, William A.  (1962-1965) box 1 folder 51
      • Smith, McNeill  (1963-1965) box 1 folder 52
      • Taylor, Hobart, Jr.  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 53
      • Thompson, Frank, Jr.  (1964-1965) box 1 folder 54
      • Wendt, Lloyd  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 55
      • Whitehorne, Robert A., 1925-  (1965) box 1 folder 56
      • Winters, John W.  (1965) box 1 folder 57
  • Challenge '67
    • Accounts paid and receipts  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 60
    • Advisory Board materials  (1966) box 1 folder 61
    • Advisory Board invite declination letters  (1966) box 1 folder 62
    • Banquet materials  (1967) box 1 folder 63
    • Brochures and related planning materials  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 64
    • Church contributors correspondence  (1966) box 1 folder 67
    • Contributors outreach materials (circa 1966-1967) box 1 folder 66
    • Contributors thank-you correspondence  (1967) box 1 folder 93
    • Contribution letters  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 68
    • Correspondence  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 69
    • Faculty outreach materials  (1966) box 1 folder 70
    • General proposal  (circa 1966) box 1 folder 71
    • Purpose and topic choice statement (circa 1966-1967) box 1 folder 94
    • Press releases and publicity materials  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 75
    • Program planning materials  (1967) box 1 folder 72
    • Progress reports  (1966) box 1 folder 74
    • Proposed budget  (circa 1967) box 1 folder 65
    • School registration materials (circa 1966-1967) box 1 folder 76
    • Speaker hospitality materials (circa 1966-1967) box 1 folder 92
    • Speakers Committee materials  (1966-1968) box 1 folder 91
    • Speakers correspondence  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 90
    • Time Magazine event advertisement correspondence  (1966) box 1 folder 73
    • Speakers materials: accepted
      • Accepted speaker correspondence and résumés  (1967) box 1 folder 77
      • Buchanan, James M.  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 78
      • Gregory, Dick (circa 1964-1967) box 1 folder 79
      • Kaplow, Herb  (1967) box 1 folder 80
      • Meyer, Frank S.  (1967) box 1 folder 81
      • Preyer, L. Richardson  (1967) box 1 folder 82
      • Proxmire, William  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 83
      • Reasoner, Harry  (1966-1967) box 1 folder 84
      • Rockwell, George L. (circa 1966-1967) box 1 folder 85
      • Smith, Edward K.  (1965-1967) box 1 folder 86
      • Smith, Warren  (1967) box 1 folder 87
      • Spence, Craig  (1967) box 1 folder 88
      • Thomas, Norman  (1967) box 1 folder 89

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Wake Forest University. Challenge Series
Title
Student Organizations. Challenge Series Records
ID
RG8.3
Date [inclusive]
1962-1968
Quantity
1 record carton
Extent
1.3  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2004
Revision Description
Revised by Immanuel Eggers, 2021
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Student Organizations. Challenge Series Records (RG8.3), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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